By ERIC SCHAADT
NORTH BALTIMORE — As tornado season approaches, North Baltimore officials are searching for money to build a second weather warning siren.
Village Council would like to add a siren in the western portion of North Baltimore to better alert residents there about impending violent weather.
The village is looking for financial aid to buy a siren, according to Village Administrator Kathy Healy.
Healy told North Baltimore Council this week that applying for a state community development block grant “is the best option, at this point.”
In other safety matters, two part-time police officers were hired by council. The oath of office was administered to Alex Niese of Gilboa and Ryan Welch of Rossford.
Police Chief Allan Baer said his department wants to add two more part-time officers.
Prior to adding Niese and Welch, the department was down to three part-time officers, according to the chief.
Separately, interim EMS Chief Eric Larson told council his department missed only four calls for service in February, and three of those calls came during one day.
“The (EMT) members have been doing absolutely fantastic,” Larson said.
Separately, council may consider an ordinance to provide financial relief to water customers who let water drip to help prevent frozen waterlines.
Council last month discussed offering relief on some water bills when brutally cold weather caused water lines to freeze. Some residents were asked by village workers to leave their water faucets drip.
“It’s something to look at, tinker with,” Village Solicitor Chet Marcin said.
Council may discuss the proposal during an informal committee-of-the-whole session.
In other business, council was informed the street and alley paving program for this year, estimated at $130,000, is being drawn up.
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